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Cosy Villa with Private Pool and Stunning Sea Views, free Wi-fi internet

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Villa Near Sao Bras de Alportel, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Quiet Countryside Getaway, Easy Access to Beaches, Golf and Spain. Rental Licence 208/AL

This cosy, individually furnished villa with pool lies on a south facing hillside near S. Bras de Alportel and enjoys spectacular views over the valley to the Atlantic coast. The house, with its 144 sq.m, offers ample space for 6 people, and is an ideal place to relax and unwind. It has easy access by road to all parts of the Algarve, and to Spain (40 minutes). Villa Holanda offers everything you could wish for in a holiday to recharge your batteries! Come and stay and unwind.



Prices include weekly cleaning, twice-weekly towel change, once-weekly bedlinen change and a good starter pack including beer, wine, sparkly and home-made cake. The starter pack can be adapted to special requirements, please talk to us.

The owner lives in the neighbouring house and can give you local tips and assist where necessary.

The property has a rental licence No. 208/AL.


On the ground floor there is a fully equipped kitchen, including everything from dishwasher to microwave and toaster. Through the kitchen you enter the combined living/dining room with log fire and large panoramic window with view onto the valley. Sat TV (BBC, ITV, Ch 4, MEO TV with many English and International channels, also German Sat TV).

The hallway takes you to the two airy bedrooms, one with an EXTRA LARGE DOUBLE BED and the other with two single beds, and to the bathroom with large tiled walk-in shower - BIG ENOUGH FOR TWO. Also at your disposal is a drinks fridge/freezer in the pantry. On the same floor is the partly roofed, spacious upper terrace with motorised canopy for plenty of shade and a truly memorable sea view. In the evenings the lights of the distant coastal towns shine like diamonds. LOVELY ROMANTIC SETTING FOR HONEYMOONERS!

Down a flight of steps is the large private pool area with barbecue, and pergola, sun loungers, tables and umbrellas (pool size: 10 x 5m with steps, heatable on request). From this level you have access to the separate apartment, which has a bedroom with two single beds that can be pushed together to make a double, a bathroom with shower and a small pantry. In these hectic times, everyone needs rest and relaxation.

Cot, washing machine and dryer available, as well as pool towels.

Mosquito nets on all windows. Ceiling fans in living room and one bedroom, stand fans in the remaining bedrooms. Air conditioning in the master bedroom.



Covered car port for 2 cars.

Terrace with motorised canopy for extra shade and comfortable alfresco dining, lovely sea view.

Pool heating on request, metered separately.



The Algarve is renowned for its mild winters and hot summers. The Moorish influence is still clearly visible in its architecture, and there are lots of historical points of interest to explore.

There is something for everyone here, whether you are interested in history, nature, culture, are a beach lover, have kids that love water parks, play golf, like horseriding, love shopping, or just need to take time out and get away from it.

The coastal strip with well-known towns like Albufeira and Vilamoura is highly developed and tourist-orientated, whereas the inland region seems like a world away, and some of the smaller villages tucked away in the hills still have that underdeveloped rural charm.


The small town of S. Bras nestles in hills of cork trees, whitewashed houses, almond trees (almond blossom time: around last week in January), fig and carob trees.

This unspoilt hilly hinterland of the Algarve offers you a holiday away from the tourist crowds with peace and quiet. Villa Holanda is about 4 km from the small town of S. Bras where you will find well-stocked supermarkets, restaurants, street cafés, banks and post office. S. Bras and the larger town of Loulé (8 km) are a special shopping experience, you can still find some smaller individual shops, market halls offering daily fresh vegetables and fruit, fish and meat, and weekly gypsy markets.

Take a seat in one of the many street cafés, enjoy reasonable prices, the tempting traditional cakes and sweets, and the unhurried lifestyle and colourful atmosphere.

The local museum takes you into the history of S. Bras as the cork-producing capital of the world, and has a lively programme of music and cultural events (, The Easter Sunday procession with its flower petal carpeted streets is a famous event and a must-see.

Eating out in this part of the Algarve is a low-cost pleasure, traditional Portuguese restaurants serving fresh fish and seafood, hearty stews or the famous Chicken Piri-Piri. S. Bras now boasts Chinese, Italian and Indian restaurants as well, most do carry-outs so you could still dine alfresco on your terrace without cooking.

Restaurants on the coastline have a more Northern European price level. Some 5-star eateries can be found here for that special night out.

The prized Algarve beaches and some of the most famous golf courses (the Golden Triangle – Quinta do Lago, Vale de Lobo and Vilamoura courses) are only 25 minutes away by car. Thanks to easy access to the motorway, you can explore the Algarve from East to West. The motorway can also take you to Spain and the town of Ayamonte in 40 minutes - another cultural and culinary experience, or into Seville in 2 hours. Thanks also to the new fast rail link, you could squeeze in a day trip to Lisbon, or instead you can choose to stay at home and soak up the tranquil surroundings.

The owner of Villa Holanda has been living in the Algarve some 28 years and is resident in the neighbouring house. She would be pleased to give you local tips (if desired) and help you make your holiday a success.


Fly into Faro Airport.

Faro Airport and the coast with its water parks, golf courses and other attractions, are 25 minutes' drive from Villa Holanda.

- I can arrange a hire car for you.

- N.B. a green card for driving into Spain is an extra, but can be for just one day (Euros 7,50)

- I will welcome you personally at the airport, guide you through car hire, and then you can follow me to Villa Holanda. At your convenience, I will take you on a short tour of S. Bras de Alportel, the nearest town, so you don't waste time trying to find supermarkets, restaurants, etc.

- Detailed directions to Villa Holanda will be sent to you upon confirmation of your booking, in case you do not want to be met at the airport or have alternative arrival routes.


I welcome non-smokers and careful, responsible smokers.

A 200 Euros security deposit is payable in cash on arrival or by Paypal and refundable after satisfactory inspection.

Additional: Special conditions for long term lets in the winter, and I am also flexible on longer summer rentals.

Other Costs: In the winter period (1st Oct. to 30th April) heating is charged at cost, metered for electrics and firewood as consumed. Pool heating, if requested, will be metered and charged separately. If the air conditioning in the master bedroom is used, electrics will be metered separately and charged at cost.

More Details

Gudrun Robinson
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german
Calendar last updated:
July 23, 2017

About Gudrun Robinson

I live in the house further down the hillside from Villa Holanda, and look after the villa and my guests personally. I'm German by birth, have a Scottish accent, and the Algarve has been my home for 22 years.

Gudrun Robinson purchased this villa in 1980

Why Gudrun Robinson chose Algarve

Villa Holanda is a charming home-from-home in beautiful countryside surroundings, quiet but not isolated, and can prove to be addictive, as my repeat guests would say! It is an ideal jumping-off spot for excursions, golf, beaches, and even Spain, when you feel like exploring.

What makes this villa unique

Being resident in the house further down the hillside, I can be at hand for any assistance and local tips if needed, and will welcome you personally at the airport.

Hope to meet you at Villa Holanda soon!


Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fantastic time at Villa Holanda. A big thank you to Gudrun for all the helpful information and hospitality, and you made us settle into our holiday from day one. The views were spectacular. Pool, BBQ and facilities were exceptional and will never be forgotten. Hope to come back again. Many thanks again. - Trevor, Kath, John, Kylie, Adell, Newcastle.

Gudrun, you thought of everything! We have stayed at many places throughout Europe, but in Villa Holanda what we needed was there. Warm welcome, homemade fudge, excellent location and wonderful views were the "icing on the cake". Relaxing and peaceful time for us all and we hope to return again. - Phil, Allison & Daniella, Birmingham.

If you want peace and quiet with spectacular views, yet easy access to the main highway, this is the ideal place to stay. It was just the tonic we needed. The tour on arrival was very helpful and we would like to thank Gudrun for everything. - The Baxendell Family
Jan 2009
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São Brás de Alportel Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has an extra-large double bed. Bedroom 2 has two single beds. The apartment on the pool level houses bedroom 3, with two single beds that can be pushed together.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Notes on accommodation: Ceiling or stand fans in the rooms. If the air-con in the master bedroom is used in the summer, electricity will be metered and charged at cost. In winter (1st Oct - 30th April), firewood for heating is charged at cost and electricity is metered and charged at cost. A good starter pack is included in the price, with beer, wine and sparkly and home-made cake. We can customise a starter pack for you in case of any special requirements. WiFi is gratis. Outside: Villa Holanda has a lovely garden on its north side, a car port on the west side, and a large terrace facing south, with large dining table for alfresco dining, and a motorised canopy for more shade. Below is the pool area, which is private, with sun loungers and pergola, tables and umbrellas, and the barbecue. We have a collection of inflatables, and pool towels are available for you. The pool is 10 x 5m and can be heated on request (additional charge, metered separately). Utility Room: Extra fridge/freezer for drinks, ironing board and iron. Washing machine and dryer available in the garage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included, towel change twice weekly, bedlinen change once weekly. Maid service once weekly. Other: The apartment by the side of the villa, on pool level, has its own bathroom and small pantry, ideal for more privacy.


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Cosy Villa with Private Pool and Stunning Sea Views, free Wi-fi internet
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Fantastic we loved it. Perfect.

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We loved it. we had three children (17 year old stayed in the room near the pool which he loved) and the 13 and 4 year old in the main house with us. It was an extremely hot week so the pool was brilliant for us all. Lots of inflatables to use. The outside area has great shade if you need it. The house was very comfortable and spacious. Huge kitchen and loved the cake and supplies Gudrum had waiting for us when we arrived. She was brilliant. She met us at the airport and we followed her to the house. Later that first day she showed us where the supermarket and other places we may need in the area on a little drive round. She was to hand if needed as lived in the house below and booked us into the local restaurant which was a pleasure. The house was an amazing chilled place with fantastic views. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Return visit to our little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

This is our second viist to Villa Holanda and it lived up to our expectations. It is perfectly furnished and has everything you need for a thoroughly relaxing stay. The kitchen is well equipped and the property is spotlessly clean inside and out. The pool is well maintained with the option to have it heated which we chose. Gudrun was the perfect host where nothing was too much trouble and her welcome pack was exceptional. We can't wait to return for a third time and can't thank Gudrun enough for making our holiday, once again, so special.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little jewel of a villa

  • 5 of 5

This was the first time we'd stayed at Villa Holanda and we can't wait to return. We had a warm welcome from Gudrun at the airport and had a lovely starter pack in the villa including a bottle of bubbly and home made banana cake. The villa itself was spotless, well equipped and very homely.

Our lives are very busy so it was a pleasure to relax in the peace and quiet of a beautiful setting. We had a wonderful view from the villa looking as far as the eye could see to the coast and beyond, particularly pretty at night.

Gudrun was the perfect host and couldn't do enough for us. She was always at hand to offer advice and help if we needed.

We would without hesitation recommend this villa and are planning to return next year.

Thank you Gudrun and Martin for making this such a memorable and relaxing holiday.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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  • 5 of 5

This was the second time we stayed at Quinta Hollanda and it won't be our last. We love this villa due to is characterful, homely feel. It has amazing views, pool and bbq. We highly recommend staying when your in the Algarve.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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For a relaxing Time

  • 5 of 5

We just wanted to say we had a Fabulous 10 days at “Villa Hollanda” & Gudrun (owner) was extremely helpful plus Champaign on arrival & Homemade cake, & always on hand or mobile phone contact for any help or info.

A beautiful villa on high ground which is perfect for views & a nice gentle breeze in the high sun’s heat, it perfect for families or couples whom want to relax away from the general noise & hustle/bustle of the norm been in the middle or just outside the crowded resorts etc BUT it is within reasonable reach of the said places, villages, towns, cities by car.

Thank you Gudrun for all & best of luck with your new pet “Come Here Lion” (cant think of his Portuguese name meaning this ?) we are sure that “Lucy” will also be happy with her new friend.

Finally just to say to all .... We highly recommend “Villa Hollanda”; thank you Gudrun from Meave Paul & Family.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for that, Maeve and Paul. I'm glad you really enjoyed your holiday. It was a pleasure having you here, and I do hope to see you again at Villa Holanda in the future! Hope the banana cake works out! Best Regards, Gudrun.
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Villa Holanda, São Bras

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic villa for a truly relaxing holiday. The owner lives close by and could not be more helpful while also respectful of privacy. The views are to die for and away from the busy beaches and resorts which are but a short drive away if you want to visit. The pool is wonderful and the villa very comfortable. This was our 3rd time at Villa Holanda and we have never found anywhere close to matching it in the Algarve. Be warned that it gets booked up fast so if you are considering it don't delay long!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for that! It was a pleasure seeing you all again, and I really look forward to catching up with you next year! Gudrun.
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Special interest holidays:

Gudrun, the owner of Villa Holanda, is resident in the house further down the hillside and has been living in the Algarve some 20 years. She would be pleased to give you local tips. She is also an experienced hand spinner and also produces tapestries of modern art (Picasso, Kandinsky, Klee, Miro, etc), and carpets and rugs in Portuguese wool. Have a guided tour of her atelier (free of charge), and/or book lessons in hand spinning or tapestry/rug making. The arts and crafts minded can also book out-of-house courses/lessons in mosaics, Tiffany glass art (examples are the windows and lampshades in the villa), painting, etc. - please enquire.


The prized Algarve beaches are only 25 mins drive away. Boat trips to the islands are also just 25 mins drive away and make for a great day out. (We have cool boxes!). Water parks and leisure parks are all in the same radius and a great fun day for the kids.


Faro Airport is 20 mins drive away. Lisbon and Seville airports are alternative arrival points. Car hire is essential. You can hire your own, or we can arrange a hire car for you for delivery to your villa. We also do a gratuitous personal airport pickup and guide you to your villa.


The town of S. Bras is 4km away and has everything you need. We give you a tour of S. Bras on your first day, so you know where restaurants, shops, banks etc. are and are not wasting precious holiday time trying to find them! The larger town of Loule is 7km away and offers lots to do and see, good shopping too.

Further Details:

The owner of Villa Holanda lives in the neighbouring house and has been in the Algarve for 20 years, so can give you lots of local tips and assistance, as and when required.

The property has a rental licence No. 208/AL.


Rates & Availability

São Brás de Alportel Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
July/August 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
September 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
October 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Nov 2017 - March '18
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
April 2018
Apr 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
May 2018
May 1 2018 - May 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
June 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
July/August 2018
Jul 1 2018 - Aug 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
September 2018
Sep 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
October 2018
Oct 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest
Nov 2018 - Mar 2019
Nov 1 2018 - Mar 31 2019
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We welcome non-smokers and careful, responsible smokers. A booking deposit is required for each booking. A Euros 200 security deposit is payable in cash on arrival or by Paypal, refundable after satisfactory inspection. Travel holiday insurance is essential to cover non-refundable payments in case of a cancellation.

Changeover Day:

In the winter months (1st Oct - 30th April) electricity is metered and charged at cost and firewood is charged as consumed. If the air conditioning unit in the master bedroom is used in the summer, this will be metered separately and charged at cost.

Pool heating, if required, is also metered separately and charged at cost.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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